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I would like to work in administration at university and I was wondering if there is any specific course/qualification that will increase my possibilities of doing so.

In particular, I was thinking of any job in the "support staff" in charge of general administration. This would include posts related to providing support to students and/or staff with general questions or paperwork but also including organisation of activities, improving processes/how things are done, etc.

I am currently living in the UK so I would also be interested in any specific information for this area.

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    Work in adminstration... doing what? There are many different administrative positions, each requiring different qualifications. – ff524 Feb 27 '15 at 20:09
  • Voting to close as overly broad. – Fomite Feb 27 '15 at 20:16
  • @ff524 I was thinking of any job in the "support staff" in charge of general administration. This would include posts related to providing support to students and/or staff with general questions or paperwork but also including organisation of activities, improving processes/how things are done, etc. Does that help? – Irantzu Feb 27 '15 at 20:27
  • Please don't vtc, it is a good question! See the ontopic specs of the site, it passes. – user259412 Feb 28 '15 at 0:28
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Usually you apply for these types of bottom- and mid-tier positions through the human resources (HR) departments of the universities. This is the same in the UK or the USA.

If you search on the HR website, they will give jobs and the requirements for those jobs. For example, the first example below is a job posting that I pulled from the University of Illinois HR department's website. You will note that it requires a high-school degree or GED. This is rather typical. When I last hired a staff person, we required an Associates degree or equivalent work experience. The "equivalent work experience" allows us to hire people without an AA degree if we feel that they have enough skills even without the credentials.

The second example below is from Cambridge University in the UK. It notes that you must have at least A levels for this position.

Note that many universities in the USA have union contracts for their clerical and technical staff. This makes applying for jobs as an outsider very difficult because the union contracts usually stipulate that jobs are first filled from job pool candidates (i.e., union members). This may likely be true for the UK as well.

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